Pepsi Beverages Co. recently pledged up to $455,000 to support key Saratoga Hospital initiatives, including programs that provide affordable care for the underserved, services to prevent and treat substance misuse, and nursing education.
“Pepsi has long been a wonderful partner to Saratoga Hospital and our community,” said Mary Solomons, executive director of Saratoga Hospital Foundation. “Thousands of patients each year benefit from programs that Pepsi’s generosity helps make possible.”
The 10-year pledge continues Pepsi’s traditional support for two annual Saratoga Hospital fundraisers: The Gala, which benefits the hospital’s Saratoga Community Health Center, and the Golf Invitational for the hospital’s nursing scholarship program.
Funds also are earmarked for the hospital’s Interdisciplinary Opioid Management Program, which seeks to reduce the use of opioids for chronic pain relief. The innovative program integrates pain management clinical pharmacists and a substance abuse counselor in primary care practices to manage opioid use and provide monitoring, screening and education services.
To help address future healthcare concerns, the Pepsi gift also includes funds that can be allocated to meet new needs as they arise.
“We are extremely grateful for Pepsi’s flexibility, foresight and generosity,” Solomons said, “and for their impact on our patients and the health of our community as a whole.”